Maritime Policy Advisor/Compliance Officer: Montserrat Port Authority

Closing date: 4pm (local time) on Friday 31st January, 2020.

The Maritime Policy Advisor/Compliance Officer (MPACO) will be required to provide a leadership role within Montserrat.  They must ensure that all systems and processes required to adhere to international maritime obligations are in place and to the standard required to satisfy the obligations. 

In addition, the MPA/CO will provide a supporting role to other Montserrat officials in the design and delivery of the desired systems and processes where necessary.  To this end, the MPACO will coordinate and support the existing Montserrat departments in achieving maritime compliance in their expert areas as well as developing areas for which there is currently no capacity or designated personnel within Montserrat.

The MPA/CO will have relevant maritime experience and will also have a project management background with strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities and build relationships with the local community to promote understanding for potential change and provide an evidence based information system to decision making and the justification thereof. The MPA/CO will have the ability to work independently on this project, from conception to completion, and be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

The overall aims and objectives of the post are:

Key tasks

The key tasks of the MPA/CO are to: -

  1. Develop and maintain an III Code strategy, which aligns with REG guidance, for Montserrat.
  2. Establish a methodology to monitor international maritime standards and obligations and provide guidance and/or recommendations on their appropriateness for Montserrat.
  3. Develop and manage the Montserrat Ship Register.
  4. Implement and maintain a monitoring programme to continuously check the adequacy of the measures being taken to give effect to relevant international conventions.
  5. Identify areas of non-compliance, potential non-compliance, and/or improvement.
  6. Support Montserrat departments to develop and update maritime policies, procedures, legislation and guidance to deliver effective compliance and build capacity in their areas of expertise.
  7. Support Montserrat departments and relevant stakeholders to achieve and maintain effective ability to implement and enforce relevant international instruments.
  8. Work with relevant service areas to support specific work, regulation and policy development covering areas including:
  1. Work with relevant service areas to support specific work streams including; defining and documenting responsibilities, authorities, qualifications and continuous training of personnel who manage and perform work relating to and affecting safety and pollution prevention.
  2. Recommending resources and processes capable of administering a system of safety and environmental protection to the relevant service areas.
  3. Engage with sea users, local stakeholders and businesses to improve understanding, change behaviour and develop a culture of compliance.

Working hours

Working hours will be thirty-five (35) hours per week (combination of remote working and on site) however the post holder will be expected to regularly work outside of perceived normal work hours to coincide with maritime environment usage and shipping schedules.  

Core Skills  

Special conditions 

This job profile is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities.  There may be other ad hoc duties that fall within the remit of the role that the job holder may need to complete.  In addition, the job holder will be required to carry out any other reasonable duties as requested which are commensurate with the grading and level of responsibility for the role.


The UK is one of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Member States and a signatory to international maritime conventions.   The UK Member State comprises the UK, its Crown Dependencies (CDs) and Overseas Territories (OTs) who have British Shipping Registers and is collectively known as Red Ensign Group (REG).  Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea the UK has devolved implementation of the duties, obligations and responsibilities for flag, port and coastal State to the individual respective REG members. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), on behalf of the UK Secretary of State, is responsible for implementing those international conventions to which it is a party in the UK and for ensuring that all other REG jurisdictions accomplish the same for those the international conventions which have been extended to them

Montserrat recognises the need to comply with its international obligations including those flag, port and coastal State duties in the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code), and that the responsibility for meeting those obligations lies across a number of service areas. Montserrat Port Authority chairs the Montserrat Maritime Administration, which is in the process of developing a coordinating body to act on its behalf in maintaining oversight of the Montserrat III Code implementation strategy.

Remuneration Package

How to apply

Applicants must provide all of the following information: -

  1. A covering letter
  2. A comprehensive curriculum vitae with full particulars of experience, and original certificates of qualifications or official notarized copies
  3. A clear statement detailing why in the applicant’s view he/she considers him/herself well qualified for the position
  4. Two letters of reference with full contact details of the referees

Completed application forms must be returned to the Manager Montserrat Port Authority by email at


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a selection process that involves attending one or more interviews.  These interviews are designed to assess the skills, competencies and attitudes of the applicant and may be conducted via SKYPE or in person.  The Interviews will allow the Selection Panel to draw on more evidence about the applicants than can be derived from the written application.

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 4pm Friday 31st January, 2020.